Media giant 21st Century Fox has announced its executive chairman, Lachlan Murdoch, will take over from father Rupert as chairman and CEO of the proposed “new Fox” business.
The new business will be formed once 21st Century Fox completes the deal to sell most of its entertainment assets to Walt Disney Co., with Rupert to serve as co-chairman of the new Fox, alongside Lachlan.
John Nallen, 21st Century Fox’s chief financial officer, will take a broader role as new Fox’s chief operating officer.
The new Fox will be home to such iconic branded properties as Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports, Fox Television Stations Group, and sports cable networks FS1, FS2, Fox Deportes and Big Ten Network.
Commenting on his new role, Lachlan said: “We have worked through the winter ‘standing up’ a reimagined independent Fox. The strengths of the new company – a leader in news, sports and entertainment – present truly unique opportunities.
“I am also personally very pleased that John has agreed to take on the role of chief operating officer, and together we look forward to making further announcements as to the management and structure of this new Fox as we get closer to closing our proposed transaction with Disney.
Rupert said: “The new Fox will begin as the only media company solely focused on the domestic market; focused on what Americans love best – sports, news and entertainment, built and delivered for a US audience.”
Nallen said: “The opportunity to reshape a business strategy and an operational approach uniquely tailored to the new Fox is truly compelling. I look forward to joining Lachlan as we begin to establish new Fox.”